Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
30 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, February 5, 1975 Helen Huston believes in humanity Nepali mission epitome of selfless service By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor Helen Huston, Canada's first missionary in Nepal, has not chosen an easy path through life. But, spend even a few moments with her, and you will see that, though the path may be hacked out of mountain jungle and at times lonely, it is the only road she chooses to travel. Visiting Southern Alberta this week to talk about her mission's work in Nepal with congregations from nine area churches, mostly of the United faith, Helen Huston has maintained a hectic schedule, even though she's on furlough from Nepal on a mixed study speaking tour and vacation. Daughter of an Alberta minister, Rev. W. J. Huston, now retired in Camrose, she attended high school in Fort Macleod. Today, she emanates tranquility, calmness, resolve. That resolve must have been there at an early age when, at 17, she decided she wanted to be a medical missionary in China. Good as her word, she graduated from the University of Alberta, interned at the Royal Alexandra and Vancouve? General Hospitals. She was promptly posted to India as a medical missionary in 1953. She had to give up the dream of going to China it was closed to missionaries by that time. Dr. Huston began her first tour of duty in Nepal in 1960 and hopes to return again this summer when her furlough ends. She's dedicated to duty; hers is a commit- ment of the zest and joy-in-living, rather than self sacrificing, variety. Friendly, with a warm, expansive laugh, she folds her tall frame into a chair and speaks quietly, sometimes cautiously, about her work with the United Mission to Nepal. She refers to her colleagues, representing 30 different mission boards from 12 countries, as "an exciting group to work with." She now practises at a new hospital, blessed with running water even in the dry season can't imagine the luxury of at Amp Pipal, about 80 miles as the crow flies from Nepal's capital Kathmandu. The medical centre is a six to eight-hour walk from a road connected by bus to Kathmandu, and four hours on foot from a small airfield. Hovering uneasily in the mountains, wedged between DR. HELEN HUSTON, MISSIONARY China and India, Nepal has always had a mystical aura to outsiders maybe it's the isolation, the peaks of the Himalayas, those tales of the abominable snowman In reality, the nation of 12 million still has a long way to travel towards modern development. Eighty per cent of its 'people have never seen a doctor. Disease such as tuberculosis, typhoid, smallpox and diptheria are still common. Most people suffer from intestinal parasites; included in the population are approximately lepers. In short, there is plenty for Helen Huston and her colleagues to do. Like India, Nepal is a nation of great contrasts. There are chasms of difference between the illiterate thousands of farm.laborers in the rural villages and the relatively sophisticated and educated middle class of. Kathmandu. Middle class urban girls go to school, assume professions and serve in government posts. Rural women are often little more than beasts of burden. A quiet advocate of worriers right to self deter- mination, Dr. Huston feels the Hindu faith is hardest on .women, whose traditional function is to serve their hus- band and bear him a son who will attend to his funeral rites. "It pains me to see the women who have no she says. "They are often outcasts within their own home their husband's family may begrudge them food es- pecially if they are ill and unable to work." She says only 'about 10 per cent of Nepali women at- tend school. But, with the help of foreign aid, the Nepali govern- ment is striving to improve education, living standards and medical facilities. In officially Hindu Nepal, missionaries must bear "silent witness" to their faith and cannot teach Christianity. "In Nepal, people have freedom of religion, but they cannot ehange their Helen Huston says wryly. SheJonce thought mission work, proselytizing, was a form of arrogance, haughtiness, but a great surge of her. own faith changed all that. "I don't think there are 10 roads up the mountain, to the same place, as the Hindus say. There is just one road, and if you firmly believe you have that road, is it not a terrible thing not to share it with your fellow man? Sharing your road is the only brotherly thing to do." "It's always a big cultural shock to come back to laughs Dr. Huston, who says she never ceases to be amazed anf thrilled by the sight of 11-foot tall corn plants, which leap up almost overnight during Nepal's three-month monsoon season. Perhaps one day, perhaps sooner than expected, the 'mission work in Nepal will be over. 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